2016 Food policy

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, par. 79 (2016)

Text of the recommendation

79. Advertisements influence people’s food preferences and habits. Recognizing that children are especially exposed to aggressive marketing and promotion strategies by food and beverage companies, some States prohibit media advertising to children for certain “restricted” food and drink products. In Chile, for example, where children form more than 20 per cent of the audience, mandatory regulations restrict advertising to children under 14, while Taiwan Province of China bans the advertising of restricted foods on channels dedicated to children, levying fines for violations of its regulations. Brazil imposes strict regulations, prohibiting any “abusive publicity” and strategies that appeal directly to Children and/or adolescents. In practice, however, there seem to be many difficulties in implementing such restrictions.


Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Interim Report on the right to food, A/71/282, (2016). Par. 79. Available at: https://undocs.org/A/71/282